NEONATOLOGY, is a subspecialty of pediatrics dealing with the care and treatment of newborns during the first 30 days of life. Neonatology is a hospital-based specialty practiced in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), though neonatologists are often in the labor and delivery room as they prepare to receive the newborn. Neonatologists are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. The typical patient of the neonatologist is an ill newborn requiring complex, specialized care due to prematurity, low birth weight, congenital malformations, sepsis, birth injuries, or hypoxia. A neonatology expert witness is commonly needed in cases of poor outcomes related to birth and birth trauma.
Neonatology expert witnesses at ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS cover the entire spectrum of Neonatology litigation. Examples of our areas of expertise include:
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Congenital heart disease
Neonatal sepsis and infections
Neonatal jaundice (hyperbilirubinemia)
Intrauterine growth restriction
Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS)
Newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism
Retinopathy of prematurity
Patent ductus arteriosus
Litigation against neonatologists is infrequent, but neonatologists are often called as expert witnesses to discuss complications that arise when an infant suffers an injury at birth, most commonly due to deprivation of oxygen (hypoxia or anoxia). The delayed diagnosis or improper treatment of neonatal sepsis (i.e. a life-threatening infection of the newborn) is another common litigation issue for the neonatology expert. Given the degree of complexity involved in Neonatology, an experienced Board-Certified Neonatologist from a top academic medical center is an invaluable resource in evaluating these challenging cases. To secure a Neonatology expert who is ready to review your client’s case, please contact ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS and speak with a physician today.